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Date: Novemeber 8, 2016
Panel discussion, moderated by Paul Forbes, NYC DOE Expanded Sucess Initaitve (ESI):
  • Krishuan Branch, Urban Prep
  • Raul Garcia, Explorations Academy
  • Dr. Marcia Y. Cantarella
  • Robert Lee Henderson III, City Year
  • June 9 Forum Agenda
  • June 9 Forum Breakout Session descriptions

Transfer Policies, Practices and Research: Supporting Successful Transitions from Two-Year to Four-Year Degree Programs

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Date: Thursday, April 7, 2016
Keynote: Dr. Vita C. Rabinowitz, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and University Provost, The City University of New York Student Speakers: Josue Pierette and Stephen Icaza College President Panel:
  • President Karen Gould, Brooklyn College
  • President Farley Herzek, Kingsborough Community College
  • Presdeint Gail Mellow, LaGuardia Community College
  • President Felix Matos Rodriguez, Queens College
Breakout facilitators:
  • Christina Ciocca, GNYC Researcher/Columbia University doctoral student
  • Bart Grachan, Director of Transfer Services, LaGuardia Community College
  • Danielle Insalaco-Egan, Director of Student Support and Academic Achievement, Guttman Community College
  • Jacqueline McPhillips, Director, Community College Transfer Opportunity Program (CCTOP), New York University
  • Mercedes Moscat, Director of Transfer Services, Hostos Community College

Financial Aid’s Future: New Policies, Practices, & Tools

Co-sponsored by: DOELogo-Color-WhiteBG Office of Postsecondary Readiness (OPSR) and Office of Assessment Date: February 1, 2016 Keynote:  Sarah Truelsch, Director of Policy Research, City University of New York Panel:
  • FeDiana Camilo, Assistant Director of Financial Aid, Hunter College, City University of New York
  • Julieta Schiffino, Associate Director of Financial Aid Services, State University of New York
  • Angela VanDekker, Associate VP of Financial Aid, Fordham University

College Ready, Test Ready: Are You Ready to Help Your Students? The Redesigned SAT and the Changing Landscape of College Entrance Exams

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Date: November 3rd, 2015

Evidence-Based Practices In College Persistence & Completion

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Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Keynote: Martha Kanter, PhD Research Panel:
  • Saskia Levy Thompson, Research Alliance
  • Elisa Hertz, Guttman Community College
  • Melinda Karp, The Community College Research Center (CCRC)
  • Christine Logel, Renison University College
  • Mike Weiss, MDRC
Breakout Facilitators/Program Spotlights:
  • Ruth Genn, Executive Director, Bottom Line – NY
  • Donna Linderman, University Dean for Student Success Initiatives, CUNY ASAP                                               
  • Fatiah Touray, Director, New York University, Academic Achievement Program            
  • Christine Logel – Deeper Dive into the Research on How to Support Struggling Students: Insight From Social Psychology         
Presentations: Articles and Evaluations Mentioned or Recommended:

Culturally Relevant College Counseling

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Date: Thursday, June 4, 2015
Keynote:  Christine Logel, PhD Panel:
  • Yelena Ramautar, College Bound Initiative, Brooklyn School for Global Studies
  • Nikki Youngblood Giles, Barnard College
  • Danny Tejada, Children’s Defense Fund
  • Luz Jacobson, Marble Hill High School
Breakout facilitators:
  • Risa Dubow and Ginette Saimprevil, Bottom Line
  • Amber Lodman and Long Wu, New York University
  • Mr. Roosevelt Smith, HEOP Counselor, Fordham College-Lincoln Center Campus.
  • Melissa Burg, Principal, Queens Vocational High School
  • Nicola Fennel, Parent Coordinator/College Advisor- Rockaway Collegiate High School
  • Ms. Jameika Bristol, Director of Strategic Partnerships, College Summit
  • Allison Palmer, Director, College Access Center, New Settlement Apartments

FAFSA, Financial Aid & Funding Your Students’ College Education

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Date: Monday, February 2, 2015
Keynote: Bob Giannino, CEO, UAspire Financial Aid Officer Panel:
  • Kim Nauer, Education Research Director, Center for New York City Affairs
  • Ajana Wilkinson, Assistant Director, Kingsborough Community College
  • Anne Pelak, Director of Financial Aid, the College of New Rochelle
  • Gene Rogers, Sr., Financial Aid Counselor, Molloy College
  • Julietta Schiffino, Associate Director of Financial Aid Services, State University of New York
Breakout facilitators:
  • Nicole Kirchner, John Bowne High School
  • Maritza Matias, John Bowne High School
  • Tina Zhao, John Bowne High School
  • Lorrie Director, Midwood High School
  • Allison Burke, UA School for Criminal Justice for Young Women
  • Kevin Brooks, UA School for Music and Art
  • Dorothy Martin, Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Service, Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology
  • Dzelika Daniel, Associate Director, CUNY’s Office of Student Financial Assistance
  • James Rodriguez, Lehman High School
  • Lily Morgan Owen, Options Institute, Goddard Riverside Community Center
  • Jaqueline Perez, Associate Director of Financial Aid, Barnard College
  • Erin Dowding, Flushing International
  • Adeola Alexander, Kurt Hahn School
Youth Leadership for College Access and Financial Aid Panel:
  • Janice Bloom, Co-Director, College Access: Research & Action (CARA)
  • Alexus Bright – Former high school Youth Leader; current City College Student
  • Andres Ramirez – Former high school youth leader; current City College Student
  • Sonia Symanski, Director of College Counseling, YWLN/The CollegeBound Initiative/East Side Community High School
  • Lily Morgan Owen, Options Institute, Goddard Riverside Community Center
 Other Speakers:
  • Jennifer Stredler, Capital One Bank
  • Lisa Castillo Richmond, Graduate NYC!
  • Sugeni Perez-Sadler, NYC DOE Office of Postsecondary Readiness
  • Rachel Stephenson Director, CUNY Service Corps
Resources:  For a complete list of resources from the forum please access this Dropbox link:

Hold Fast To Dreams: Counseling, Youth Voice And Strategies For College Access And Success

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Date: November 4, 2014
  • Joshua Steckel,  NYC DOE School Counselor and co-author of the recently published book Hold Fast to Dreams and a panel of his former students featured in the book
  • Theory Thompson, Program Director, LifeLink College Bridge and Retention, Good Shepherd Services
  • Randy Moore, Associate Director of First Year Student Success, CUNY’s Guttman Community College
  • Roosevelt Smith, Counselor, HEOP, Fordham College at Lincoln Center
  • Shaun Rasmussen, Program Coordinator; CUNY Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP)
Resources: Best Practice Gallery Walk Template A few of the actual Best Practices shared by the six categories they fell in College Student Interview_Protocol 2014 Fordham HEOP financial guides change ea. yr* * Please note, with Fordham’s HEOP  the financial eligibility guidelines for change every year.